A safe return to full-day, on-campus learning is a universal goal—but we would not do this if we could not provide the appropriate environment to do so. We also realize that it is critically important for us to continue to offer the ability to teach and learn online as needed while also offering families options and flexibility, and we have learned much from the use of our USM@HOME distance learning program this past spring.
As we continue to focus on the academic, social, emotional, and wellness needs of all of our students, we look forward to supporting them with a well-rounded, comprehensive curriculum, whether they are on campus or online.
- SOCIAL DISTANCING: Our large campus and classroom sizes allow us to spread children out with appropriate social distancing (6-foot spacing for all students and teachers) in all classrooms and community spaces, with an overall goal of dedensifying classrooms and other spaces.
- OUTDOOR CLASSES: USM will use its 120-acre campus to its full potential, with some classes, presentations, and assemblies held outdoors when possible for fresh air and increased distancing.
- OPTIONS: Safe, on-campus learning is our primary goal, but we have invested in new technology and training to better bring the typical classroom experience into families’ homes as necessary, whether due to concerns about on-campus learning or COVID-19-related symptoms or test results.
- PHYSICAL EDUCATION: Physical education programming will still be offered for all students. While the program may look different, all children will engage in regular physical activity on campus.
- FINE ARTS: The fine arts remain a critical component of the overall curriculum; we are mindful of the potential risks of transmission, especially in the performing arts, and we continue to review research on how to safely allow students to practice and perform.
- ATHLETICS: We are awaiting further guidance from the WIAA and our athletic conferences. We plan to share more information soon as we work to find safe ways to offer these opportunities for students.
- RECESS: Recess will still be offered for all Preschool, Lower School, and Middle School students, and will be held outdoors whenever possible.
- FIELD TRIPS AND SCHOOL TRAVEL: All field trips and school travel opportunities, including retreats, have been postponed through at least winter break.
Frequently asked questions will be available soon.